Advocacy Blog

  • The CompTIA HSITAG Council Meets in the Big Apple

    by Jennifer Saha | Dec 05, 2017
    CompTIA’s Human Services IT Advisory Group (HSITAG) met in New York City at the end of November and a transition in leadership was the major focus. Mike Coulson of Deloitte, who has served as Chair for the past two years, turned over the leadership position to Paul Hencoski of KPMG. Elected as HSITAG Vice Chairs for the next two years were Jacque Gombach of Captuva and Kim Shaver of Northrup Grumman.
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  • “Restoring Internet Freedom” Means Ending Net Neutrality?

    by Matthew Starr | Dec 04, 2017
    On the afternoon before Thanksgiving, the FCC released a highly-anticipated draft of the Restoring Internet Freedom Order its commissioners will vote on in the Commission’s December 14 open meeting. The order, which will likely pass on a 3-2 party line vote, follows through on Chairman’s Pai’s proposal earlier this year to reclassify broadband back to an “information service” and largely eliminates all of the net neutrality rules the Commission passed in 2015.
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  • This Holiday Season, Give someone the Chance to Launch their Tech Career

    by Lisa Fasold | Dec 01, 2017
    For two summers in a row, CompTIA and Creating IT Futures, working with Chicago Public Schools, secured summer internships for more than 100 high school students, including Azzaria Douglas.
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  • NASA Leadership Speaks at November CompTIA Space Enterprise Council Meeting about the Future of Human Space Exploration

    by David Logsdon | Nov 16, 2017
    At this month’s CompTIA Space Enterprise Council meeting this week, Jason Crusan, Director of the Advanced Exploration Systems (AES) Division within the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD) presented an in-depth vision for both deep space exploration and technology innovation at the November 14th SEC meeting.
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  • CompTIA Space Enterprise Council Hosts the Brazilian Minister of Defense

    by David Logsdon | Nov 16, 2017
    During the week of November 6th, the CompTIA Space Enterprise Council sent letters to Scott Pace, Executive Secretary for the National Space Council and Landon Loomis, Special Advisor for Western Hemisphere and Global Economics, Office of the Vice President calling on the Administration to pursue a Technology Safeguard Agreement (TSA) between the US and Brazil.
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  • CompTIA, WIIT Partner on Trade Talk on Tech; Congressional, White House, and Private Sector Panelists Highlight Current Priorities

    by CompTIA Staff | Nov 03, 2017
    On November 2, CompTIA and Women in International Trade (WIIT) partnered on a well-attended Capitol Hill program on priority issues on the digital trade agenda. Congressman Dave Reichert, Chairman of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade, opened the program, which included a government panel on the U.S. role in the digital economy and a private sector panel discussing challenges and opportunities for technology in trade.
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  • CompTIA Hosts Tax Roundtable with House Staff

    by Geoff Lane | Oct 31, 2017
    As tax reform deliberations begin in Washington D.C., CompTIA members had an opportunity earlier this month to sit down with key Congressional staff to discuss the issue. The hour-long roundtable gave members the chance to share their corporate tax priorities with staff, and learn more about forthcoming legislation that will reform our tax code.
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  • BlockChain and Cybersecurity - A Primer

    by David Logsdon | Oct 30, 2017
    Blockchain technology has a large potential to transform business operating models in the long term. The use of blockchain technology promises to bring significant efficiencies to global supply chains, financial transactions, asset ledgers and decentralized social networking. What is blockchain technology?
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  • Creating a 21st Century Workforce: Apprenticeships

    by Geoff Lane | Oct 30, 2017
    Since its inception, the technology industry has ushered in radical changes. It’s the driving force behind the transformative products and services that are making our lives healthier, more convenient, more productive, and frankly, easier. These products and services garner headlines and generate a ton of money – the technology industry in the United States alone is worth about $1 trillion.
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  • The Evolving Job Description of a Government CIO

    by Lana Sansur | Oct 17, 2017
    In recent years, we have seen a growing trend of state CIOs serving as a broker of services as opposed to owning and providing the service themselves. This has involved a significant culture shift and a commitment to systems integration. Arizona has been a leader in this regard. In this final panel at the 2017 State Tech Summit, we learn what this shifting model has meant for government proficiency to meet constituent needs.
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  • Inspiring Tech Careers and Innovation

    by Lana Sansur | Oct 17, 2017
    The keynote speaker for the 2017 State Tech Summit was Dr. Sethuraman "Panch" Panchanathan, Executive Vice President, ASU Knowledge Enterprise, and Chief Research and Innovation Officer, Arizona State University, discussed the ingredients needed to build a talent pipeline for the 21st century economy.
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  • Is Arizona the “Next Detroit” for Autonomous Vehicles?

    by Lana Sansur | Oct 17, 2017
    At the 2017 State Tech Summit, autonomous vehicles took center stage. The panel looked at why Arizona is leading the way in the race to attract the self-driving car industry, and how industry and policymakers can work together at the state and federal levels on autonomous vehicle legislation.
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  • A Look at the 2017-2018 Gubernatorial Races

    by Lana Sansur | Oct 17, 2017
    Our third panel at the 2017 CompTIA State Tech Summit examined the 2017-2018 gubernatorial races. Currently, 34 states have Republican Governors at the helm while there are 15 Democratic Governors, and one Independent. However, over the next 13 months, 38 states are scheduled to hold elections for their chief executive, and the stakes are certainly high for we as citizens as well as representatives of the technology industry.
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  • Internet of Things: Privacy and Security in a Connected World

    by Lana Sansur | Oct 17, 2017
    The 2017 CompTIA State Tech Summit featured an engaged second panel conversation on Internet of Things (IoT) data collection, storage, usage and most importantly consumer trust.
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  • Arizona’s Position as an Innovation Hub

    by Lana Sansur | Oct 17, 2017
    The 2017 CompTIA State Tech Summit kicked off in Scottsdale, AZ with a great presentation from Randy Gustafson, vice president of innovation at the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA). He began by describing the organization’s mission to grow and strengthen Arizona’s economy. The ACA is using a three-pronged approach to advance the state’s overall economy: recruit, grow, and create.
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  • CompTIA’s National State Government Affairs Committee Meets at the CompTIA State Tech Summit Last Week

    by Kara Bush | Oct 17, 2017
    The CompTIA National State Government Affairs (SGA) Committee met October 11th in Scottsdale, AZ during our annual State Tech Summit to discuss CompTIA’s policy priorities for 2018. Prior to the meeting, each policy committee was tasked with reviewing and updating CompTIA’s policy positions as they relate to education and workforce, environment, privacy, procurement, and taxation.
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  • Retreat from Globalization? Observations from the 2017 World Bank and International Monetary Fund Annual Meetings

    by Stefanie Holland and Lukas Juergensmeier | Oct 17, 2017
    If one is following trade politics in the United States., one might be under the impression the degree of globalization we have become accustomed to is on a decline. The Trump Administration pulled out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal and threatens to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico. Will other countries follow the U.S. in rethinking the way trade of goods and services supports the economy?
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  • Autonomous Vehicle Legislation Passes the Senate Commerce Committee, Full Senate Vote Next

    by David Logsdon | Oct 10, 2017
    On Wednesday, October 4th, the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee passed legislation that paved the way for fast tracking the autonomous vehicle industry. The American Vision for Safer Transportation through Advancement of Revolutionary Technologies (AV START) Act aims to clarify the role of both federal and state government in the autonomous vehicle ecosystem.
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  • Technology Councils Across U.S Write in Support of NAFTA, Modernization

    by Stefanie Holland | Oct 06, 2017
    CompTIA, the Technology Councils of North America (TECNA), and our State Technology Council Alliance Partners, this week sent letters to Congress and the Administration to voice strong, unified support for NAFTA and provide recommendations for the NAFTA modernization.
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  • Global Startup Accelerator MassChallenge Expanding in Texas

    by Sarah Matz | Oct 02, 2017
    MassChallenge, a global network of startup accelerators, announced last week its newest program in Texas. Through an Austin-based accelerator and statewide programming, MassChallenge Texas will accelerate up to 100 high impact, high potential companies, which will compete for up to $500,000 in equity-free cash awards.
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